Domaine Roulot

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Consult old oenological books about the wines of Meursault, and you’ll invariably find them described as fat and buttery. However, if you were to try and identify these characteristics in a blind tasting of whites made by Jean-Marc Roulot, you’d be forgiven for assuming their flinty minerality and pitch-perfect acidity had more in common with the finest Chablis. Taut, precise and rippling with tension, Roulot’s Meursaults are magnificent examples of how wines from this famous appellation should be.
 
“There is a specificity for Meursault which I would define as more fleshy than a Puligny,” says Jean-Marc, a tall, dark haired man who looks a decade younger than his 62 years. “But, just like sheet music, everybody is free to interpret it as they like. In the past, the wines here have often been interpreted as fat and powerful, which with time, has become like a brand image for the appellation. Thankfully, different styles have appeared, and it’s great that today we can express them all in the same appellation.” Particularly great if like Keeling Andrew & Co, you love structured, complex white Burgundy with fresh acidic cut. 
 
As a young man in the late1970s, Jean-Marc originally left his family’s domaine to train as an actor at the Conservatoire de Paris, but returned full-time in 1989, a few years after his father Guy’s death (Ted Lemon of California’s Littorai was one of the winemakers employed by the domaine in the interim). Even today, Jean-Marc splits his time between his two enduring passions – acting and wine – and has a comprehensive resumé of screen and stage parts. “When I left at 22 years old to follow acting, I had no real opinion on wine, but when I came back to Meursault eleven years later, I knew exactly what I wanted to make,” explains Jean-Marc. “I had to go through another different experience to know where I wanted to go. That’s called growing up, but the theatre gave me more self-confidence… and my taste. Taste is a much more important guide than know-how in the art of making wine.”
 
All of Jean-Marc’s excellent white wines are fermented and aged in oak barrel for 12 months and spend a further 6 months in steel tank before bottling (with the exception of the Aligioté, which only sees steel tank). New oak use ranges from 5% for the Bourgogne to 20% for the village wines and 25-30% for the 1er and Grand Crus, depending on the vintage. A tasting might begin with one of his ‘basic’ cuvées, Aligoté or Bourgogne Blanc (either of which could claim to be the finest-value wine in Burgundy today), before graduating to his village vineyards ‘Meix Chavaux’, ‘Tillets’, ‘Luchets’, ‘Vireuils’ and ‘Tessons’, each with their own combination of mineral and floral characters (and ‘Tessons’ with an extra gear of complexity). Next up are the 1er Crus, bringing increased tension and the wonderful detail of their respective terroirs, be it the chalky precision of ‘Poruzots’, the expressive florality of ‘Charmes’, length and finesse of ‘Clos des Bouchères’, intensity of ‘Genevrières’ or sensational texture and energy of ‘Perrières’. From outside of Meursault there is a benchmark Puligny 1er Cru ‘Les Caillerets’ and two captivating Grand Crus, Corton-Charlemagne and Chevalier-Montrachet, all of which are not only quintessential examples of their appellations but distinct from the Meursault wines in the range.

LOCATION: Domaine Roulot

Domaine Roulot
GENERAL INFO PRODUCER APPELLATIONS FOUNDED ANNUAL PRODUCTION FARMING
Domaine Roulot Corton-Charlemagne 1930's N/A Organic (certified)
Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru
Auxey-Duresses
Bourgogne Aligoté
Meursault 1er Cru
Chevalier-Montrachet
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru
Meursault,
Pommard
Monthelie 1er Cru
Bourgogne Blanc
TECHNICAL INFO WINE BLEND VINE AGE SOIL TYPE VINEYARD AREA
Bourgogne Aligoté Aligoté 20-80 years Clay-Limestone 0.8 ha
Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 30-40 years Clay/limestone 2.6 ha
Auxey-Duresses Blanc Chardonnay 60 years Clay/limeston 0.48 ha
Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Rouge Pinot Noir 30-40 years Clay/limestone 0.73 ha
Meursault ‘Vireuils’ Chardonnay 70 years Clay/limestone 0.67 ha
Meursault ‘Luchets’ 90 years Clay/limestone 1.03 ha
Meursault ‘Tessons Clos de Mon Plaisir’ 60-70 years Clay/limestone 0.85 ha
Meursault 1er Cru ‘Charmes’ 80 years Clay/limestone 0.28 haa
Meursault 1er Cru ‘Clos des Bouchères’ 30-40 years Clay/limestone 1.4 ha
Meursault 1er Cru ‘Perrières’ 60 years Clay/limestone 0.26 ha
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Le Cailleret’ N/A Clay/limestone N/A
Corton-Charlemagne N/A Clay/limestone N/A
Chevalier-Montrachet N/A Clay/limestone N/A

GENERAL INFO

  • PRODUCER: Domaine Roulot
  • APPELLATIONS:
  • FOUNDED: 1930's
  • ANNUAL PRODUCTION: N/A
  • FARMING: Organic (certified)

TECHNICAL INFO

  • Bourgogne Aligoté
  • BLEND: Aligoté
  • WINE AGE: 20-80 years
  • SOIL TYPE: Clay-Limestone
  • VINEYARD AREA: 0.8 ha
  • Bourgogne Blanc
  • BLEND: Chardonnay
  • WINE AGE: 30-40 years
  • SOIL TYPE: Clay/limestone
  • VINEYARD AREA: 2.6 ha
  • Auxey-Duresses Blanc
  • BLEND: Chardonnay
  • WINE AGE: 60 years
  • SOIL TYPE: Clay/limeston
  • VINEYARD AREA: 0.48 ha
  • Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Rouge
  • BLEND: Pinot Noir
  • WINE AGE: 30-40 years
  • SOIL TYPE: Clay/limestone
  • VINEYARD AREA: 0.73 ha
  • Meursault ‘Vireuils’
  • BLEND: Chardonnay
  • WINE AGE: 70 years
  • SOIL TYPE: Clay/limestone
  • VINEYARD AREA: 0.67 ha
  • Meursault ‘Luchets’
  • BLEND:
  • WINE AGE: 90 years
  • SOIL TYPE: Clay/limestone
  • VINEYARD AREA: 1.03 ha
  • Meursault ‘Tessons Clos de Mon Plaisir’
  • BLEND:
  • WINE AGE: 60-70 years
  • SOIL TYPE: Clay/limestone
  • VINEYARD AREA: 0.85 ha
  • Meursault 1er Cru ‘Charmes’
  • BLEND:
  • WINE AGE: 80 years
  • SOIL TYPE: Clay/limestone
  • VINEYARD AREA: 0.28 haa
  • Meursault 1er Cru ‘Clos des Bouchères’
  • BLEND:
  • WINE AGE: 30-40 years
  • SOIL TYPE: Clay/limestone
  • VINEYARD AREA: 1.4 ha
  • Meursault 1er Cru ‘Perrières’
  • BLEND:
  • WINE AGE: 60 years
  • SOIL TYPE: Clay/limestone
  • VINEYARD AREA: 0.26 ha
  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Le Cailleret’
  • BLEND:
  • WINE AGE: N/A
  • SOIL TYPE: Clay/limestone
  • VINEYARD AREA: N/A
  • Corton-Charlemagne
  • BLEND:
  • WINE AGE: N/A
  • SOIL TYPE: Clay/limestone
  • VINEYARD AREA: N/A
  • Chevalier-Montrachet
  • BLEND:
  • WINE AGE: N/A
  • SOIL TYPE: Clay/limestone
  • VINEYARD AREA: N/A